A Timely Critique of the Catholic Church
Last week Pope Benedict XVI made the historic and unexpected announcement that he will soon retire. As a result, we’re about to be inundated with a massive wave of news coverage and public discussion about the Roman Catholic Church, and specifically the search for the new pope.
The New Testament is clear about the nature of saving faith. “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law” (Romans 3:28). “A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus . . . since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16).
One of the major, early catalysts in the Protestant Reformation was a book by Jan Hus, a Bohemian Christian who preceded Martin Luther by a full century. The book was De Ecclesia (The Church), and one of Hus’s most profound points was proclaimed in the title of his fourth chapter: “Christ the Only Head of the Church.”
We know the comparison of the pope to the Antichrist might shock some readers, but it’s not a statement we make lightly. In fact, the spirit of Antichrist isn’t limited just to the Antichrist predicted in Revelation but applies to anyone who positions himself against or in place of Christ.
After his prophetic vision of the eternal glories of heaven at the end of the book of Revelation, the apostle John described how he was overwhelmed by what he’d seen.
The writer of Hebrews is inescapably clear about the singular nature of Christ’s sacrifice.
First of all, thank you for your enthusiastic participation on the blog this week. We sincerely hope this series will bear much spiritual fruit in the coming days and weeks, as current events provide you opportunities to interact with friends and family concerning God’s Word and the Roman Catholic Church.